Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Memories

Remembering Thanksgiving days of the past today as we wait a few more days to celebrate. Our family chose Saturday as the best day to get the most people together, so our turkey is on hold. But here's a look back at past years; my photos start in 2007, when apparently I started saving them on the computer. I'll have to sort the hard copies one day to see if I have earlier ones--we didn't take nearly as many pictures when we had to take them in to be developed.

In 2007, the grandkids were a lot smaller! And they loved taking rides in the rickety trailer behind the tractor. As you can see, there was a little problem before they took off.

Clayton, pictured above, is now over 6 feet tall and in college. Kate (standing) is in her junior year of college and has been present at the birth of three babies born to her sister Jordan. Haley (right, long blonde hair) is also in college and in the Army National Guard. Hannah and Grace (seated in front of the photo) are seniors in high school this year, and Allison (left by the flat tire) is in her first year of college. Cassidy (in dark green between Kate and Haley) is makign her way in the music world in Nashville). Not in the photo are James and Michaela--I know they were here but perhaps they chose (wisely!) not to risk a ride with Poppa Larry.

But here's James and Michaela in 2008, when our guests were a bit fewer--this year they are both teenagers, and taller than me.

In 2009 we had a crowd again, about 20-25 people, as I remember. Great fun! This year we'll have about the same on Saturday when we celebrate. This was the year Anastasia made her famous from-scratch baklava, a taste I still remember.

 The quiet before the storm in 2009...

Me, Jon and his first grandchild, Cadyn. This was the last time we saw Jon, and I am so grateful for the time we had with him that weekend.

2010 saw us gathering together, trying to recover our family-ness after the loss of Jon in February. It was not easy; his memory was all around us (as it is every day, really) but still we had a good day being together.

2011 it was just Larry, me and Tommy, a smaller-than-usual group but still nice.

We miss our Tom, who is living in Florida now.

But in 2013 we went there to celebrate with him, and that was one of our best Thanksgivings ever!

Then last year the family gathered here again, and it was a very good time.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Morning Windows

It's a cold one today. We started out at 25 degrees and it has slowly warmed up. This was our first killing frost, so the flowers I posted yesterday are gone. The mulberry shed all its leaves in about 2 hours time this morning.

The sun sparkled up the windows when it arrived.

It's hard to believe this big jar is over 125 years old. This is pattern glass, and the pattern is "Block" by George Duncan and Sons, circa 1889. Isn't its sparkle beautiful? I bought this in two different places. I found it first in an auction lot, but the jar was cracked. I kept it anyway because I just loved the way it glinted in the light. A couple years later I found a replacement jar, so now I have a really nice old piece.

In the kitchen, the windowsill has been taken over by trumpet-shaped vases. Some are old glass, some are newer, but apparently I like this shape because I suddenly realized I had a lot of them. The red one in the center is stretch glass and is currently listed on eBay.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

November Sunday

 A few drifting flakes of snow this morning, enough to make me feel like it's really November. It's mostly gray and cloudy, cold damp air. a few flowers linger on, bright spots in the browns and grays of this season.

I am cozy inside, putting together all the Christmas carols research into an orderly notebook. I have completed the research phase, I think, and now it's time to buckles down to study and practice. Our first shows will be in less than two weeks. Exciting to look forward to, a little scary to look at this big thick notebook of things I need to glue onto my brain.

Last night we prepared dinner for two of our sons and a grandson. It's such a pleasure to see them and have time to just talk. We made squirrel gravy, ham, rice, broccoli, corn, applesauce--good country food. This morning one son and our grandson were here for a pancakes, blackberry syrup and bacon breakfast, but now they are gone too, preparing their camp for this week's deer hunting. Larry will go with them and I hope he is lucky enough to bring home some meat for the freezer.

The men will be back tomorrow night if all goes well, and I will be cooking again. I miss cooking for hungry males--when my five sons were young, meal preparations were massive and pretty much ongoing. Today with just the two of us at home, there usually doesn't seem to be a good reason to cook big hearty meals.

I am happy that the white dressing table I took to our Ravenswood booth sold so quickly, but now I need to really get to work on some painting to restock as the big white desk also sold so there is room in the booth for plenty more furniture. Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow?

For now, it's back to the carols. Wish me luck getting all this down pat by next week!

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